Relax and enjoy Paignton, Torquay, Dartmoor and Exeter, travel by steam to Kingswear, cruise on the River Dart, and admire the amazing views as you explore Powderham Castle.
Day 1 After your taxi pick up, we make our way west and visit Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, a delight at any time of the year. We continue to Paignton and our hotel.
Day 2 A full day excursion beginning with the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway. We travel on the steam railway from Paignton to Kingswear, which travels seven miles along the spectacular Torbay coast, and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart Estuary. We then cross on the passenger ferry to Dartmouth where you have free time to explore. In the afternoon we board our boat for the one-hour cruise to Totnes, where our coach will be waiting. (Order of day depends on tides).
Day 3 A free day to enjoy the elegant resort town of Torquay. Alternatively, join your driver on a half-day excursion to Brixham.
Day 4 Travelling along the coast through Teignmouth and Dawlish, we reach the River Exe and turn inland to reach Powderham Castle, the magnificent 600-year old home of the Earl of Devon. We have a tour of the house, time to explore the grounds and a park ‘safari’ (weather dependent).
Day 5 We depart after breakfast and stop in Salisbury with time for lunch and shopping. We then make our way to our taxis and home.
Our three-star hotel is situated on a promontory dividing the two sandy beaches of Paignton and Preston and has a 400-metre water frontage with marvellous views of Torquay or Brixham from the public rooms. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa pool. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to most rooms, but some steps within the hotel.